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Highest gallantry medal for Hampshire soldier

Ceremony at Windsor Castle Credit: ITV news

A soldier from Hampshire, who risked his life to save others on the front line has been awarded the military's highest gallantry medal from the Queen - in a service at Windsor Castle.

Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, who's 27 and from Farnborough, is the first living serviceman to receive the Victoria Cross for service in Afghanistan.

The Paratrooper from the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment, showed "complete disregard" for his own safety when his group came under attack from the Taliban. Lance Corporal Leakey's relative - Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey - was a posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross in November 1945.

Farnborough Shop Watch goes digital

Farnborough Shop Watch Scheme has undergone a digital upgrade which will help to keep members of the public safe when out and about in the town.

With support from The Meads Shopping Centre, the system has been upgraded and all members have been provided with new handsets.

The new digital system will allow businesses and shopping centres outside of Farnborough town centre to join the scheme, allowing more information to be shared amongst businesses within the town.

The new digital system will keep members of the public safe when out and about Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

“It has been a partnership effort to ensure that the upgrade took place. Hampshire Constabulary alongside Rushmoor Borough Council, The Meads Shopping Centre and Farnborough Shop Watch all contributed to the cost the upgrade and the provision of new digital radios to the existing members and new members. The new digital system will greatly improve the communication between the partnership and members. This will help to ensure that residents and visitors to Farnborough have a safer shopping experience, no matter where in Farnborough they might be.”

– PC Dave Carpenter


Violent attack at Farnborough Station

British Transport Police want to speak to this man in connection with a violent assault Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have released a CCTV image of a man they are trying to trace after an assault on board a train at Farnborough railway station in July.

The incident occurred on-board the 6.42pm London Waterloo to Basingstoke service on Saturday, 5 July.

British Transport Police want to speak to this man in connection with a violent assault Credit: British Transport Police

"A 62-year-old man, from Farnborough, was travelling home from London with three friends. As the train pulled into Farnborough they were approached by a man holding an empty beer glass who began verbally abusing them. During the altercation the man struck the victim across the face with the beer glass, causing it to smash. He then continued to hit the man with the remaining broken glass, possibly cutting himself in the process. Other passengers intervened and the man fled the train at Farnborough and got into a taxi with two other men. The victim’s ear was almost cut clean off during the attack and he required multiple stitches at hospital. The unprovoked nature of the assault is of great concern and we are working hard to catch the person responsible and bring them to justice. Who is the man in the orange t-shirt? I believe he could have crucial information about what happened on that train, which will greatly assist our investigation. It is thought he has a broad Scottish accent, and may live or have connections in the Woking or Camberley areas of Surrey. If you recognise him, please get in touch. I am also keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet come forward to police.”

– Detective Constable Phil Bibbings, leading the investigation
British Transport Police want to speak to this man in connection with a violent assault Credit: British Transport Police

Officers have been pursuing several lines of enquiry, including viewing CCTV footage from on the train and at the station, leading to the release of images of a man they’d like to speak to.

Aerospace investment to be announced at Farnborough

Nick Clegg will announce a major investment of £154 million in research projects at the Farnborough Airshow today, to keep the UK as a world leader in aerospace innovation.

The money will be used for four specific projects in areas the UK excels in - wings, engines, aircraft structures and radio communications.

The funding is part of a £2 billion pound Government and industry investment in researching and development for the next generation of quieter, faster and more environmentally friendly planes.

This will help to secure more than 100,000 skilled jobs in aerospace and its supply chain in the long term in a market expected to be worth over £4 trillion over the next 30 years.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

"The UK's aerospace industry is going from strength to strength and helping our economic recovery. We are the number one aerospace industry in Europe and second only to the United States globally.

I want to ensure the UK remains at the cutting edge of aerospace innovation, which is why I am pleased to announce that we are investing £154 million for research to explore new technologies like the 3D printing of plane parts and creating lighter, greener aircraft."

– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

PM announces new intelligence gathering funding for Armed Forces at Farnborough International Air Show

In an announcement from the Prime Minister's office, an extra £800 million of investment is promised for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance. The intentnion is to extend the range and flexibility of defence options, including that of our Special Forces.

The statements says the money will be used to respond to the threat of global terrorism and hostage taking, with an investment of £300 million in existing capabilities including a new E-Scan radar for Typhoon and the purchase of the Portsmouth-based Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector.

David Cameron will provide more details at the Farnborough International Airshow. The Prime Minister will also set out action taken by the Defence Growth Partnership of industry and Government to boost the UK defence sector.

Having modern, technologically advanced and flexible Armed Forces to protect us and our interests is vital. Because of the difficult decisions we have taken to tackle the deficit we are able to make these vital investments in our defence capabilities. We are also taking action to sustain our thriving defence industry, as part of our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a brighter future for hardworking people.”

– Prime Minister David Cameron


Body found in search for man missing from Kent

Police searching for a man missing from Kent say they have found a body. At around 4pm on 5th July, a body of a man was found close to woodland in Farnborough, Hampshire.

The body has not been formally identified, but the family members of a man reported missing from the Northampton area on 3rd July, who was last seen in the Snodland area have been informed.

The death is being treated as non-suspicious.

Man missing from Kent could be driving a rented car

Jonathan Stickland Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for information about the whereabouts of 28-year-old Jonathan Stickland.

Jonathan recently travelled down from his home in Northampton and it is believed he was staying at an address in the Snodland area.

He was reported missing by his family on 2 July, following growing concerns for his welfare. Jonathan is described is described as white, of slim build with short mousey coloured hair and stubble. He may be travelling in a rented car, which is described as a yellow Fiat 500.

Anyone who has seen Jonathan or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 02-1441.

Major attractions at Farnborough Air Show

Crowds at the Farnborough Air Show Credit: PA

Record numbers expected to attend the Farnborough Air Show. Britain's new fighter plane, the F35-B, will perform there after makings its debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo. It is a world leading supersonic jet and part of a massive investment that will lead to 24,000 new jobs in the UK.

Airbus will also fly its brand new passenger plane, the A350. The Dreamliner and A380 Super Jumbo will also feature. The theme of the show will be the 100th anniversary of the Great War with planes from every decade flying.

Record numbers of exhibitors and members of the public will attend this year's Air Show. More planes than ever before, around 100, will be on show and fly. In spite of the poor economy, space is now 98 per cent sold. Around £50 billion of trade is expected during the week.

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